Several years ago I had a conversation that had a profound impact on how I spend my free time.
Mrs. [Ann] Hogge and I had been talking for a while when reading came up. We were talking about books we love and what we had been reading lately.
At one point I said, “I would love to read, but these days I don’t have time.” To which she quickly replied, “you do have time, you just don’t make the time”… or something like that, you get the idea.
So wait, all that TV I was watching after work at night was taking away from potential reading time?
After that conversation, instead of just surrendering to the idea that I couldn’t do something because there wasn’t enough time, I became aware that I get to choose how I spend my free time. Not to mention, reading quickly became a non-negotiable part of my everyday life. Thank you for the complete perspective shift!
Work and family commitments are unavoidable, but the rest of your day is yours to decide.
- What can you release to create more time?
- What would you like to make your priorities in that precious little window of time?
- Even if it is just 10 minutes a day, what can you add to your life to enrich it?
Here’s what I am working on releasing:
- Using screens in the window of time between when my kids wake up and we leave for school
- The rigid exercise pattern I imposed on myself over the last several years
Here’s what I am trying to add to enrich my life:
- Practicing a simple 5 minute sequence of yoga poses each morning or evening
- Attempting the super mysterious art of meditation
Other simple suggestions: